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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Mobile Phones and Driver Safety

16 Sep Blog | Comments

It is critical for everyone to eliminate distractions while driving. For new drivers, it is even more important to focus on the road. It is important for new drivers to learn how to stay safe, including the laws and common-sense rules about using a mobile phone while driving. Being pulled over, receiving a ticket and traffic school are all things that could happen to you should you decide to ignore the law.

Drivers in California are not permitted to use handheld mobile phones while driving. Drivers over the age of 18 can use a hands-free device to make phone calls. They are also permitted to use a Bluetooth or other earpiece as long as it is only in one ear. The other ear must be kept free.

Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless or hands-free mobile phones while driving. This law is a reflection of the statistics that teenage drivers are more likely to get into accidents than older drivers. This is often due to lack of experience behind the wheel and a greater tendency to take risks while driving. Eliminating all distractions is another way to keep new drivers safe on the road. Online traffic school and spending plenty of time learning how to drive will help give new drivers the confidence and skills to make good decisions behind the wheel.

Text messaging on mobile phones is another hazard that has become more prevalent in recent years. In California, it is also illegal to write, send, or read text messages while driving a car. Sending and reading text messages requires the driver to take their eyes and focus off the road and instead focus on typing. This is not only risky for the driver, but endangers others on the road.

The only exception to these cell phone laws are in emergency situations. If a driver needs to call for immediate medical attention, law enforcement officials, or other emergency personnel, they are permitted to use a mobile phone.

New drivers should learn early on to save phone calls for when the vehicle is stopped. A passenger in the car can safely make a phone call on the driver’s behalf. Otherwise, the driver will need to wait until he or she has reached the destination, or pull over and park somewhere safe to make a phone call. Forming these habits early will help new drivers to get in the habit of driving without distraction.


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